TOTALITARIAN ALPHABET

I T Y X

X Y T I

T Y X I

Y X I T

I Y T X

Y I T X

I Y X T

Y I T X

2020-In progress

  • Graphite inking and perforated paper

The truth (...) does not appear in the development but in a process that could be designated analogically as the scorching of the glaze (...), a fire of the work in which the form reaches its most slightly luminous degree.

Walter Benjamin

"Abc dario totalitario" is a series composed of drawings, actions and sculptural objects. I am inspired by the borders of totalitarian countries, specifically former Czechoslovakia, where I was born. These borders were built with wooden meshes and barbed wire. The meshes took specific forms, these forms I adopt as signs and I reinterpret them as four letters in particular: "Y", "T", "X" and "I". Likewise, I investigate some events that have occurred in this troubled space, recovering the names of victims who have lost their lives trying to escape the country.

I work on these themes in three different series: "IXTY XTIY TIXY", "Arson" and "Blacklists".

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In the series "IXTY XTIY TIXY" I ink paper with graphite and through perforations with nail or needle, "I write" these letters. The letter appears on one side on a white background and on the other side on a black background. You have to approach or see it against the light to perceive it clearly. There are two essential processes: drilling and lighting. By piercing the paper, the incisions absorb the light and reveal a truth, hidden in the gaze of old meshes, silent witnesses of the crimes that have occurred on the guarded borders.

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ Big I/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ Big I, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ Big y/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ "Big Y, reverse"/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ Big T/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020

"IXTY XTIY TIXY"/ Big T, reverse/ Graphite on perforated paper/ 110 x  80 cm/ 2020